The Key To Layering

So many people are worried about layering their outfits because they think that it will make them look bigger. In all fairness I do see the logic in it, you just have to think about that episode of Friends where Joey put on ALL of Chandler’s clothes. In reality if you layer your outfit well you can create a flattering silhouette. I thought I would put together a few tips on how to successfully layer.


Keep under layers fitted.

Making sure that the layers closest to you are fitted will ensure a slim looking shape. I chose this jumper from Reiss for that reason as it is a soft, fine knit.


Consider texture

By using a variety of textures and materials in your outfit it will keep it looking fresh. If all the fabrics that you choose are exactly the same then it can add weight to the outfit and make it look a bit frumpy. I paired the knit with a military style dress from Karen Millen. I love the contrast between the soft knit and dress with its epaulettes, flightsuit pockets, chunky buttons and utilitarian belt.

Create shape

I often don’t look like I have much of a waist but by adding a belt it helps you give more of a cinched in look. You can even add a belt to a chunky knit or over a jacket.



The first time I tried this dress on I went for a size bigger and while it did fit, it wasn’t quite right. Having gone down a size the whole proportion is much more flattering. It is important to think about the balance of your outfit. If you are wearing a chunky knit on your top half then wear something fitted like skinny jeans.

Add accessories

This doesn’t just have to be a belt like I mentioned before. You can easily throw on a scarf of a hat and your outfit instantly becomes more interesting.


1 Comment

  1. October 27, 2016 / 6:37 am

    I’m always surprised by the magical quality of a hat!

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